Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20140530, 20121214
Filipino-American poet Rick Barot wanted to be a lawyer, but after a writing class with Annie Dillard, when he first heard Jane Kenyon, he knew that he was destined to write poetry. Barot discusses the politics of identity, his disdain of narrative poetry, and the odd way in which repressed memories surface in his work. Barot also talks about the influence of Greek poet George Seferis and reads from his collections The Darker Fall and Want.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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